Home Improvement Ideas

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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If the phrase "home improvement ideas" strikes a chord with you, it most probably starts the gears in the creative side of your brain cranking merrily. There are, after all, so many ways to improve your living space. There are just as many good reasons to do so. One word for each conveys the ideas efficiently--enjoyment and value.

Home Improvement Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another

You might be thinking about replacing gutters, windows, door hardware, or kitchen cabinets. Maybe you want to add a deck or lay a new walkway. People write books about just one category of home improvement ideas and only skim the surface. Sometimes the task is minor and not costly, such as replacing the pipe under the kitchen sink or screens on the window.

Maybe when you had the chimney cleaned at the end of the winter, the fellows who did the work said your fireplace insert needed to be replaced. You've done a little research and found they were right. This is less a home improvement project than it is meeting the local building code, though. The wires were exposed, the cast stone worn, and the threat of fire real. But it has made you think of something else, maybe one of the best home improvement ideas you've had.

Why not replace the fireplace mantel? You've been wanting to redecorate that room for some time. Suddenly you start thinking about adding a fireplace to your bedroom. That one keeps coming back at you. Adding a fireplace doesn't necessarily mean opening into an existing chimney or building a new one. You might want to research electric fireplaces and ventless fireplaces. Not only would it be wonderful to have a fireplace in your bedroom, but you'd add to the value of your house.


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